Shoplifting is often committed on the spur of the moment, without forethought and without consideration of possible consequences. When shoplifting charges are leveled, alleged offenders are left wondering what to do, who can help and what legal penalties they may face.

The shoplifting of goods valued at $300 or less is a misdemeanor offense in Florida. The shoplifting of goods valued at $300 or more is a felony offense, which can result in harsh penalties, including jail time, fines and community service. Both misdemeanor and felony shoplifting charges can also result in driver’s license suspension.

Regardless of the options available based on the level of your theft charge and prior offenses, an experienced criminal defense lawyer can manage your claim and advocate for your rights. At Call Connor Law in Tallahassee, we have handled numerous shoplifting cases and have successfully helped keep clients’ records clean and clients out of jail through:

  • Dismissal and reduction of charges
  • Successful court trials
  • Diversion programs
  • Withholding adjudication
  • Community service
  • Rehabilitation, therapy, and counseling
  • Probation
  • Restitution
  • House arrest and electronic monitoring

Many of our clients are kids from local high schools who steal minor items. In many instances, we can appear at hearings for out-of-town clients so they don’t need to return to Florida. For a no-charge consultation with an experienced theft offense attorney, contact our Tallahassee office.

What Should I Do If I Was Arrested for Shoplifting?

If arrested for shoplifting, take immediate action to protect yourself. Avoid making statements to law enforcement and gather any exonerating evidence. Contact a Tallahassee shoplifting lawyer immediately. Never plead guilty without first speaking to an attorney.

What are the Penalties for Shoplifting in Tallahassee?

Under Florida law, shoplifting is referred to as ‘retail theft’. Penalties vary based on case facts, especially the value of items taken. If over $300, it’s grand theft – a felony with potential jail time.

Are There Different Rules for Minors?

Many cases involve minors. The juvenile system emphasizes rehabilitation over punishment. More options are available to avoid long-term impacts. But shoplifting is still serious if over $300 merchandise taken. Contact a juvenile defense attorney to protect your child’s future.

How Can a Tallahassee Shoplifting Lawyer Help?

We provide diligent defense, including reviewing charges, explaining rights, investigating the case, examining prosecution evidence, building a defense, and negotiating pleas if appropriate. We’re prepared to aggressively protect rights and dismiss unfair charges. But if the prosecution has a strong case, we’ll seek a plea agreement that avoids jail and protects the future. An accusation shouldn’t ruin your life.

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